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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 26, 2009 1:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: the one song

What's the one song that you think the grateful dead shouldn't have played?

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 26, 2009 6:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: the one song or two

(get this song) Far From Me

Easy To Love You

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

there's a lot more than one

Samba in the Rain
most cheesy Brent tunes with a couple of exceptions
most Beatles covers
who covers

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I think many people love their cover of this song, but I have never enjoyed them playing Dancing In The Streets. For some reason, it always makes me cringe. Maybe it was different if you were there at the show??

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

from the heart of me. always sends me frantically reaching for the skip button.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 26, 2009 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Boy howdy! Where the heck have you been?

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Mar 27, 2009 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

lurking for a long time

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 27, 2009 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Well, good to see you...even if you just missed our celebration for St Pats...assume you held your own.

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Poster: snori Date: Mar 26, 2009 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Some of the people I introduced to the band with 05/08/77 thought the Dancin' was the best thing on it - goes to show ...

All Beatles, Spencer Davies, Who, and Clash covers. And less often rather than not at all - Around and Around.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 26, 2009 10:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

....ditto Round and Round--ESPECIALLY when it comes crashing into the end of a beautifully-played Stella Blue.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Early era, esp the jams, are better, but I hear ya...I defn didn't care for the latter day versions I saw in the 70s...

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Good point - I wasn't thinking of the early era 60's versions, where Bobby has his young voice. Those do sound pretty different. It's the disco versions '77 on that make me squirm.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 26, 2009 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

daaancin'
daaancin', dancin' in the STREETS

UGH

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Yeah, On "Terrapin Station" I would have rather they jammed out Estimated for 4 more minutes and left Dancin' off the album altogether...but I love the early Dancin's, with Pig's keyboard swirling and whirling...

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Poster: agl89 Date: Mar 26, 2009 3:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Wave to the Wind

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Poster: rastamon Date: Mar 26, 2009 4:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Easy Answers (as far as Corrina, I've heard grate jammed out versions) Btw, imo-Donna has sang excellent Sunrises...a song she usually nailed and I like the lyrics.(also with the Heart of Gold Band).

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Poster: barongsong Date: Mar 27, 2009 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I'm actually with you on Sunrise Rasta. I thought Donna did a nice job with it. That said I would have liked I Will Take you Home more if it wasn't played like every forth show while I was seeing the band. There were some good moments with it in that slot which is something I've also heard with sunrise. Speaking moodwise of course. I've never been much into looking at lyrics outside the time a place played though so maybe that's the difference.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Mar 26, 2009 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Baba O'Reilly
Wave to the Wind
Easy Answers
Any of number of Beatles covers

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Mar 26, 2009 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Lucy in the Sky

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Just about any Beatles cover

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Poster: wineland Date: Mar 26, 2009 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

As my wife says, the Dead can play Dylan well but they shouldn't have attempted a Beatles song. 'I Saw Her Standing There' makes me cringe when I listen to Run for the Roses.

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Poster: smi2les25 Date: Mar 26, 2009 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I liked "do it in the road"... Once up the street from Mom's, but a car's headlights spoiled that one. And once on the Capitola Bridge, but someone was still watching.

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Poster: wineland Date: Mar 26, 2009 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

It does open up a hot set at the '84 Greek. The jamming is fun on WDWDIITR (or in this case Why Don't We Do It On The Drums) but the singing is rough.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-07-15.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.96152.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Latter day Baba O'Reilly and Beatles covers invoked very uncomplimentary comparisons!

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I agree with everyone's choices here (although Sunrise doesn't bother me that much) so, I'll go out on a limb: "Johnny B. Goode." It's been done by EVERYONE, did the Dead need to do it too? Especially when they always play it so blandly and add little that's new to it? (IMO). I have many complete shows...complete minus one song at the end, if you know what I mean...

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

hey they could have turned johnny b goode into a disco tune. that woulda been interesting.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Elton John already DID turn Johnny B. Goode into a disco tune (on "Victim Of Love"). The phrase "Done to death" comes to mind... ;)

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Poster: roughyed Date: Mar 27, 2009 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

just listenened to TDIH 1987 JBG - I think you'll change your mind!
If that's Brent's daughter sitting next to him in the Without a Net picture then they certainly shouldn't have done I Will Take You Home. Too tragic to be even ironic.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 27, 2009 12:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Would it also change my mind about '87? (just kidding, thanks for the rec.) :)

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I tend to agree with you here, especially on skipping this tune as a closer. For me, One More Saturday Night also is kind of a dud closer, since nothing moving or exciting tends to happen.

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Poster: Dead Surfer Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Long Way To Go Home I first heard that at Shoreline 92 and only went to about 10 more shows in 93 and called it quits.Rip Brent

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 26, 2009 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I'll second any Beatles cover (why choose songs by a band known for their superior harmonizing and vocals when that's clearly not your strong point???)....and add:

anything from "Built to Crash"--uh, I mean "last", with the exception of "Foolish Heart", which is passable, but no great shakes...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 26, 2009 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

third on the beatles

Samba


and


Tennessee Jed (sorry, just couldnt help myself)

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 26, 2009 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I was gonna write in T Jed for you if you didn't show!!

Got your back pal!

Oh and I can do without all of the Brent Tunes.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Oh, yeah--we got something in common again!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 26, 2009 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song? It HAS to be:

Hey Jude.

I know that this is the fourth or fifth or sixth endorsement, BUT it is so far beyond the latter covers that many of you might be speaking of, I think it stands in a class by itself...

And, as an early era sort, I am willing to take ALL the blame for the worst of the worst.

Do any of you that span the whole thirty yrs think that one of the many Beatles tunes they did in the 80s or 90s was in fact worse than HJude? I am just asking, cause that is SO bad in my book...I have only heard a few of the post 82 ones, so I am just guessing...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song? It HAS to be:

go find the BLACKBIRD cover they did from some show, in, I think, 1988.

you find a worse piece of crap than that and i'll put a viola lee blues of your choice on a 24-hour loop and listen til my head explodes ;-)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song? It HAS to be:

Hmmm--without having heard it, I can see it (hear it?)...that just doesn't seem right.

Funny though, about covers, GC, cause who woulda thunk beforehand that Jimi's Watchtower would be so much more powerful? Or that Jack White's Jolene would so eclipse DParton's? (which truth be told, I think is great too...).

So, you can never tell with covers in terms of those you think should NEVER be done, and those that somehow do it better...if you follow.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 26, 2009 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song? It HAS to be:

Patti Smith also covered Jolene, but only at live shows... :)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song? It HAS to be:

i want to say alpine valley for that Blackbird and it is bad. The band is off big time if i recall

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 26, 2009 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song? It HAS to be:

You're right, Lobster.

Be afraid...be very afraid:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd88-06-23.dsbd.terrapin-flyer.13051.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 26, 2009 4:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song? It HAS to be:

The other thing about this gig is that it features one of the few appearances of believe It Or Not, a song that was quickly dropped and I thank them for it. From the first time I heard it I felt the song didn't flow and Garcia could not hit the vocals. My other beef is that it is clearly a Gomorrah rip off. However, many people on the site love this song- to each his own I guess.

This post was modified by lobster12 on 2009-03-26 23:08:55

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 26, 2009 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I Fought The Law.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Thank you Rob, good call on that one. A 2:50 second encore with no jamming is a major cop out in my book. An absolute excuse to beat traffic when the first notes of this tune come out.

This post was modified by lobster12 on 2009-03-26 21:59:53

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 26, 2009 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

I just thought that they sounded like a cheesy bar mitzvah/wedding band every time they tried to do it - something to make the old folks feel hip (or at least feel the hip replacement wasn't wasted...).

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 26, 2009 4:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Speaking of cheesy, I also never cared for Vince pretending to shoot Bobby during "six gun" line

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

This band's cover of I Fought the Law leaves the Dead for, well, dead. It is the gold standard, never to be surpassed version of the song. I think you know who I'm talking about...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16u0wwCfoJ4

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

does he sing "i killed my baby"?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:26pm
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He does indeed...

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Poster: tunaman Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:46am
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Sunrise...too corny.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:28am
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Werewolves of London on 10-31-90. Garcia has throat issues and the werewolf noises are painful. I know it was Halloween, and I know they were in London but the poor guy should have just let Bobby sing something at that point

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Poster: JC Edwards Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the one song

Sunrise! (sorry Donna :-/)